September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
For more information about National Preparedness Month, visit this link.
If you have EVER thought about adopting a pet, just DO IT. My wife and I did several years ago, and it is one of the best decisions we ever made. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia (AWLA) is a great place to adopt a pet.
Each year, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) produces a full color calendar and allows supporters to decide the next ‘top models’ for pet of the month and the coveted cover shot. This event is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for AWLA. The contest started on July 15th and runs through September 15th.
The Pet Photo Calendar Contest is a way to showcase your favorite animal companion while supporting those animals who are waiting for a home of their own. There are 148 participants and 371 voters who have participated so far! The fundraising goal for this event $40,000 and to date, AWLA has raised over $18,000. All the animals submitted have great stories and many came from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. There is even a police dog entered in the competition that you might have heard about.
Here’s a shot of the front runners (Their story is at this link). For more information about the contest, visit this link.
Log on and vote today!
Today, Alexandria Country Day School (ACDS) announced that it has received a $3 million gift from an anonymous donor. The gift – the largest in the school’s 31-year history – comes alongside significant recent momentum at ACDS and will allow the school to move forward with key advancements, particularly in three areas:
- Enhancements to the curriculum/instruction: building on the success of the past couple years, ACDS will continue to strengthen its curriculum and instruction.
- Improvements to the campus exterior/interior: ACDS has contracted both a landscape architect and an interior architect who specializes in innovative classrooms and learning spaces for areas of improvements.
- Building the School’s Endowment: a portion of the gift will be dedicated to building the school’s endowment to help the school continue to excel in educating students for years to come.
The gift was announced on the first day of the 2014-2015 school year, at an assembly attended by students, parents, teachers, staff and other supporters of ACDS.
For more information on why it is SO darn hot this week in the Washington D.C. area, check out this link.
We worked hard to improve several services to you on RedBrickTown.com over the summer. One of the improvements we made is the newly revamped forums page. The new forum uses the bulletin board software BB Press and offers our readers and residents in Alexandria a place to help each other, discuss Alexandria-related topics, make an announcement, give you the ability to get something off your chest, sell an item(s), exchange ideas, and more!
I have posted three (3) examples of the types of things you can post in the forums. The only requirement is you have to register an account first. So get your account and join the discussion now!
The City of Alexandria Planning Commission will hold its regular monthly public hearing Thursday, September 4 at 7:00 PM in City Hall Council Chambers, 301 King Street.
On the docket for Thursday is John Adams Elementary Parking Lot Expansion, the Braddock Gateway, a request for a classroom trailer at Douglas MacArthur School, and more.
The docket and staff reports for this hearing can be viewed at this link.
The City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is constructing a new access ramp between the loop road and picnic pavilion in Chinquapin Park located at 3210 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. The new ramp will comply with accessibility standards.
Weather permitting, work will begin Tuesday, September 2 and continue through mid-October. Residents will see equipment in use and crews at work during the daytime. The picnic shelter will not be available for use Monday-Friday during construction. For your safety, please use extra caution when moving around the site.
For additional information or questions about the work, contact Ty Specht, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.266.3426, or Beth Znidersic, at Bethany.email@example.com or 703.746.5492.